at this point, i removed the cover of the computer, which is a Compaq, with windows 98SE as the OS. i tried the modem in a different port - same result. at this point, i made the mistake of removing what i believe is called the drive controller (which was in one of the ports) and relocating it to another port. i then tried the new modem in what was previously the driver controller port. the computer still wouldn't recognize the modem, so i removed the modem and put things back where they were.
well, ever since then, when i boot up, i eventually get a message on the screen, saying 'bios not loaded' and it gives a reason having to do with 'timeout' of the SCSI. there's an "F1 boot" that appears in the lower left hand corner of the monitor screen, and when i click that, windows loads in the normal fashion and i'm able to use my programs. however, it seemed to affect the floppy drive for some reason. perhaps i bumped something while tinkering inside the computer - i don't know.
i have attempted to 'restore defaults' from the 'setup' screen after clicking "F10", but that doesn't help.
at this point, i'm not as worried about the modem issue as i am about the 'bios' matter.
can you help?
Edited by buholley, 16 December 2005 - 11:23 PM.